The last few weeks I had been ramping up my mileage in preparation for my upcoming marathon. I was also getting in plenty of strength training, doing lots of rolling and stretching.
But I have found that I am mortal after all. My IT band on my right leg, the bane of my existence, started bothering me during my last two long runs. After today’s long run, I decided to switch from a full marathon to a half.
This saddened me, but I knew it had to be done. I know that at this time, with the nagging aching of my IT band after eight miles or so, I couldn’t finish 26 miles. I can handle 13. It might not be the best half I’ve ever run, but I’ll do it. I’m already registered to run the full San Francisco Marathon, held in July, so I’ll start training for that at a much slower increasing pace with plenty of time.
It’s only been three months since the California International Marathon, much too soon. I know that now. I guess I thought I could handle it. Now I know.
After a few hours, I’m looking at it in a more positive light. I will work harder, be a better runner, get as fit and trim as I can. And I will write all about it.